Opinions of the Day: An inside look at a Gauteng ICU

The devasting third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is claiming more lives and infecting more people than hospitals in Gauteng can keep up with, writes Pieter du Toit for News24. Du Toit speaks with an anonymous nurse at a top private hospital in Johannesburg who told him that the third wave was far more deadly than the first two and more young and fit people were coming in sick and dying. She further went on to say that hospital beds were filling up as fast as the dead could be moved from the hospital.

Prosus has seen a major boost from its e-commerce businesses writes Business Day in its editorial today. BD writes that groups e-commerce business including online food delivery has seen a dramatic increase in revenue, up some 54%, which is twice as much compared to the Chinese tech giant, Tencent – where Prosus is the largest shareholder.

Financial Mail editor, Rob Rose, writes that the municipalities like the City of Johannesburg are slapping massive rates hikes onto bulk services and selling them back to residents who are struggling to make ends meet. On top of it all, these municipalities are barely functioning adequately and are failing to deliver basic services. It’s a scathing rebuke of the ANC government at large. (Subscribe to read)

Here’s a roundup of opinions today:

Malema’s bid to gag former EFF MP over VBS ends in tears for the fighters – News24 (Subscribe to read)

Setting up formal artisanal miners is wasted time without policing illegals – Business Day (Subscribe to read)

Did you say a R51bn scam? – Financial Mail

Vaccinating teachers a big step closer to normality – Here’s why – The Citizen

The future of work will likely be filled with human-machine partnership – Mail & Guardian

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